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Pain when rising from a chair and walking

Despite following the exercise routines recommended 3 months after total left hip replacement I am having pain when rising from a chair and walking. The pain is only with movement. Mobility of the hip feels quite good and the X-ray shows no problem. I had hip replacement on my right hip two years ago and did not have this problem and recovered well doing the same sort of exercise routines. Is there something else I can do to improve the situation.

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The answer

As you age recovery from surgery can take longer, this is not unusual. With hip replacement it can take up to a year to fully recover from the procedure, so you may need to give yourself more time to recover. As X-ray is normal and hip mobility is good this suggests no structural issue with the prosthesis. Pain and stiffness when rising from a chair is not uncommon in the recovery stages especially if you have been sitting for a while. Soft tissue irritation from the surgery can be another cause of pain at this stage, and you may want to consider talking to your GP about taking a non- steroidal anti -inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen for a few weeks if you can tolerate this medication. There are side effects with all medications so we would suggest talking to your doctor about this first.

Hopefully this will help you,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses

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